Designer son, Eero Saarinen
Eliel Saarinen's son Eero grew up to become one of the most iconic mid-century architects and product designers. Eero took courses at Cranbrook, the facility that his father designed and later taught at. It was here that Eero became close friends with fellow students Charles and Ray Eames
and Florence Knoll. Eero is responsible for a number of iconic structures and products today. As a designer, he has had an immeasurable impact on modern design. Under his leadership, Eero's firm designed the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, the TWA Flight Center at JFK International Airport, and the Ingalls Rink at Yale University, among numerous other structures. His product design continues to live on in modern styles, with some of his most notable pieces including the Tulip collection, the Womb chair, and the Grasshopper Lounge chair.
Above: Another of Eero Saarinen's iconic designs, the Womb chair.